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Research at the Centre for Lifelong Learning

The Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) supports research and scholarship related to the broad field of lifelong learning. We interpret learning as taking place throughout our lives from birth through childhood and adulthood to the end of life. It includes lifewide learning across our many different social roles and spaces undergirded by appropriate social supports. Learning is also lifedeep and extends to learning in the particular socio-cultural contexts that give rise to our distinctive values, beliefs, and identities.

We welcome a very wide range of life experience in CLL and support creative and well-crafted research and scholarship projects with potential for individual, social, and/or cultural transformation.

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Research Themes

Our research and scholarship are organised in terms of four interconnected themes: concepts; people-focused professions; wellbeing and identity; participation and collaboration. We seek to enthuse staff, students, and the wider community with this vision.

Current staff research

See our staff research interests by selecting the 'Academic, teaching and research' filter in the left column.

Current PhD student research

See our current PhD students and their research projects.

See if you are eligible for a CLL PhD scholarship to cover your tuition fee in researching with us.

Featured Research

Read more featured research from our staff and explore our research projects further.

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The Career Development Profession

Dr John Gough

This research project from Dr Nalita James explored learners' experiences of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and their perceptions of how learning the English language has supported their integration and community cohesion in Leicester.

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Discover more about research in the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

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Feature your research

Are you a member of staff at CLL? Share your research and scholarship by filling a simple online form.